Visit Seattle announced a new travel advertising campaign to promote Seattle as a destination for LGBTQ weddings. The Marry Me in Seattle campaign will appear in national LGBTQ travel and lifestyle media and include a sweepstakes for engaged couples to win hosted trips and weddings in the Emerald City and a chance to be married by Seattle’s first openly gay mayor, Ed Murray.
The campaign and wedding sweepstakes begin July 1 and were developed in collaboration with Visit Seattle’s agency Copacino + Fujikado, in partnership with Here Media and with funding by the Seattle Tourism Improvement Area, a marketing fund assessed from guests at 54 downtown Seattle hotels and administered by Visit Seattle.
The sweepstakes package includes participation from some Seattle partners. Air transportation will be provided by Alaska Airlines, a four night stay at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, a wedding ceremony at Canlis restaurant, DJ and music, wedding photography, champagne courtesy of Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, beer from Hilliard’s Brewery & Taproom and dessert from Trophy Cupcakes. The hosted Seattle weddings will accommodate guests and transportation to and from the ceremony will be offered by Uber Seattle.
“It’s an honor to be part of this campaign and I look forward to officiating at the ceremonies for the lucky couples who win wedding trips to Seattle,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “I appreciate the work Visit Seattle is doing to bring more out-of-town LGBTQ visitors to Seattle and the new ‘Marry Me in Seattle’ campaign is a great example of that work.”
Ceremonies will take place on the first Wednesday of the month this September through December. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will officiate the first wedding on September 3. Any LGBTQ couple that resides outside of Washington State is eligible to win one of the four wedding trips. Winning sweepstakes entries will be randomly chosen.
Beginning July 1, the campaign web site will feature an essential Seattle LGBTQ marriage checklist that includes a link to Washington State’s marriage equality law (referendum 74 which was passed by Washington voters in November 2012), information and links for marriage applications and licenses and a list of LGBTQ officiates.